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The Guild of Nurses - Past Events

Wreath Laying at the Statue of Edith Cavell – 12th October 2018

Our Master, Helen Pickstone was amongst those invited to lay a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of Edith Cavell’s death in 1915. Edith Cavell, a British nurse, was executed after helping hundreds of allied soldiers escape captivity in the First World War. Eight Other wreaths were laid including one by the Belgian Ambassador. Helen also…

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Annual Church Service, Reception and Freedom of the Guild Ceremony Tuesday 9th October 2018

Tuesday 9th October was a busy day in the life of the Guild with a packed evening of events. Firstly, our third annual Church Service was held at St Lawrence Jewry, next Guildhall, attended by over 100 Guild Freemen, Members and guests. The service was conducted by the Master’s Chaplain, the Revd Stephen Stavrou, assisted…

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Museum of The Order of St John – Saturday 22nd September 2018

Early wheeled stretcher We met at St John’s Gate in Clerkenwell, the home to The Museum of The Order of St John.  Twelve of us were guided through the museum by Terry, who was able to bring it to life in a very informative and entertaining way because of his long association with The Order.…

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Mansion House Tour 26th June 2018

Twenty-eight of us including guests met in The Wallbrook Hall where we were greeted by John Davies, the Keeper of said Hall who was our excellent informative and amusing guide for the tour. One member made her timely entrance ringing the bell as the group were being briefed on fire drill! Our tour began with…

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Palace of Westminster Tour – 2 July 2018

16 members and guests were fortunate to experience another of The Guild’s fascinating visits to The Palace of Westminster. We met in time for a coffee before our very informative, entertaining and funny cockney guide Mick. The time flew by as he led us in the footsteps of the Queen at the State Opening of…

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Dedication of the Nursing Memorial at the National Arboretum – 4 June 2018

The Memorial depicts caring hands holding up the world.   The names of nearly 1300 nurses who died during the conflicts are inscribed. The National Arboretum in Staffordshire is the site of the new Nursing Memorial, which honours all the nurses who died in the two World Wars. The beautiful memorial, which depicts the world…

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Festival of the Sons and Friends of the Clergy – 15 May 2018

The charity now known as the Sons and Friends of the Clergy has its origins in the seventeenth Century. The first Festival was held in 1655 and there has been a Festival every year since then. It is believed that this fact makes it the oldest service of its kind in the Anglican Communion.  The…

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Florence Nightingale Service – 13 May 2018

Florence Nightingale Annual Commemorative Service at St Margaret’s Church, East Wellow, Hampshire.  The Nightingale family lived at nearby Embley Park, and Florence always considered it her favourite family house. The Nightingale memorial is fairly easy to spot. It stands south of the church and is a typical Victorian monument, in the shape of a church…

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Anniversary Banquet – 11 May 2018

The Guild of Nurses celebrated its second anniversary on Friday 11th May with a splendid formal banquet, held at Guildhall. The occasion was greatly enhanced by the Guard of Honour formed by the dismounted troop of The Light Cavalry Honourable Artillery Company. A wonderful surprise for all! We were very pleased to be able to…

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Florence Nightingale Westminster Abbey Service – 9 May 2018

Six retired army nurses (including one Colonel, one Lt Colonel and four Majors) who are also Freemen in the Guild were among 33 Guild of Nurses members who attended the recent Service to Commemorate the Life of Florence Nightingale. This annual service is held at Westminster Abbey as close as possible to 12 May, Florence…

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